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Book Recommendation and Musical Play from kid super reader Debra!

September 17th, 2022

25:57

Join me and kid co-host Debra for our back-to-school book recommendation episode. This time we sail in a sieve to talk about the book "Lulu the …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Sorry!

August 23rd, 2022

13:34

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Me?

August 16th, 2022

10:49

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Ummm!

August 10th, 2022

12:20

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Sit Down!

August 3rd, 2022

9:29

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Play All Day!

July 27th, 2022

10:33

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - So Pitted!

July 20th, 2022

10:00

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - The Sheila Show - Dig, Dig, Dig!

July 13th, 2022

11:40

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

Summertime - Introducing The Sheila Show...shhh!

July 6th, 2022

10:01

You are about to travel to the Summertime kid dimension to join the audience of The Sheila Show! The Sheila Show is a summer variety and nonsense sketch comedy show for kids, with skits, musical comedy, and …

The WZNS: Put on a Poncho

June 23rd, 2022

7:41

You are listening to The Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the part where we teach kids about being a leader. That …

The WZNS: World Beyond the Ant Farm

June 15th, 2022

10:36

You are listening to The Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the part where we teach kids about ants and ant farms. …

Celebrating Poetry with Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Myra Kamal

April 7th, 2022

28:23

In celebration of National Poetry Month we have a special guest - this year's Phoenix's Youth Poet Laureate Myra Kamel! In this episode we talk with Myra about how she how she fell in love with poetry and what inspires …

Epic Encore - War of the Fools

March 31st, 2022

32:04

Epic Encore: War of the Fools! Once again, this April Fool's Day, nonsense appears to be on a collision course with reason!

We present - Buttons …

The WZNS: Ant Farm

March 19th, 2022

8:47

You are listening to The Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the part where we teach kids about ants. That is real.

The WZNS: World Beyond

March 6th, 2022

8:41

You are listening to the Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the part where we talk to Hans the Tuba!

Tune in this …

The WZNS: DONUTS!

February 14th, 2022

9:04

You are listening to the Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the part about DONUTS! Cuz DONUTS are the TRUTH!

Tune in …

The WZNS: The Ballad of Q & U

February 4th, 2022

7:30

You are listening to the Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show (WZNS)! Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense, well, except for the true story about the letters Q & U. THAT part …

Introducing: The Wordplay Zone Nonsense Show

January 28th, 2022

8:13

You are about to enter the Wordplay Zone. Do not try and make sense of any of what you are about to hear. It is all nonsense. It is the middle ground between stupidity and wisdom, between make-believe and absurdity. …

New Show! Introducing the Semi-adventures of Sheila

December 18th, 2021

5:23

We have a brand new, semi-short, audio-fiction podcast show to share. It's called, The Semi-Adventures of Sheila! We’ve just released all five chapters and you can subscribe, for free, anywhere you listen to podcasts!

EmOcean Play with Venus Underwater author Julia Hengst

November 18th, 2021

30:57

On this episode we get to sail to the land of Mermaidia! Which means you'll get to hear our interview with author Julia Hengst where she tells us all …

Wordplay Zone: The First Annual Library Book Cart Race

November 12th, 2021

14:37

You are about to enter....the Wordplay Zone! A place where kids get to share their story ideas for Sheila and her gang...and we get to bring them to life with our crazy voices, sounds fx, and nonsense! So...WELCOME to …

Original Scary Stories - Ages 8+

October 31st, 2021

18:33

You are about to hear original scary stories by students from Independence High School in Glendale Arizona. These stories were written for you, the …

Storytelling Contest in the Halloween Zone - Ages 7+

October 29th, 2021

10:34

You are about to hear Sheila host a spooky story telling contest with her friends. Which one will win? Will there be prizes? What is a bloody book anyway? Before we answer these questions, please note...If you are a …

One Halloween Night in the Halloween Zone

October 27th, 2021

17:50

Street scenes. Halloween. The past. You are about to listen to several groups of kids who all live near one another, who take to the streets on their own daring journeys this Halloween Night. Their talk of candy and …

Book Recommendation & Dragon Play with kid super reader Debra

September 18th, 2021

16:21

Join me and my kid co-host Debra as we sail in a sieve to the land of dragons! Debra is a super fan of Tui Sutherland's book series, "Wings of Fire" and she's here to tell you why she loves these books so much and to …

Outer Space Music and Noise with Mary Farfisa's Outer Space Radio Theater creator Jim Cheff

August 23rd, 2021

32:07

Briscoe, Mary Farfisa's space horse friend, has come to visit me because apparently I have some sounds from Mary's Outer Space Library that are overdue! In this episode you'll get to meet the creator of Mary Farfisa's …

Summertime Zone - Coming In Hot!

August 17th, 2021

5:50

After meeting Spring-Heeled Jack this summer what if you were inspired to bounce...ok, leap great distances. Where will such leaping lead? You are about to find out….in the SummerTime Zone.

You are now bouncing out of …

Summertime Zone - Bwahahaha

August 9th, 2021

4:02

You’ve been playing outside with your friends all day, you’re about to be called in for the night, when out of the shadows a gentleman appears, one with bat wings, red eyes, and clawed hands, known from legend as …

Summertime Zone Encore - Frosty Pops

July 22nd, 2021

11:37

Summertime Zone Encore: Two kids, two ideas. One song contest. On the back of a cereal box. Should Sheila and her friend enter? Can they work …

Summertime Zone - Game Show

July 15th, 2021

5:18

You are about to travel through to the kid dimension, to join the audience of your favorite game show, Guess That Noun. One kid contestant knows the answer to this game, regardless of the actual answer, or what the …

Summertime Zone - Picture Day

July 9th, 2021

13:58

Hey Buttons & Figs kids….I’m super excited to share this summertime zone journey with you because it was written by a Buttons & Figs kid! One of the kids from our fall semester of wordplay reached out and said …

Summertime Zone Encore - Candy Eyes

July 1st, 2021

6:29

You are about to journey into the past, when kids took turn telling stories after a long day of play...but sometimes it landed on that kid. The kid who likes candy and slurpees. Next stop, the Summertime Zone.

Dodgeball …

Summertime Zone - Let Wordplay Open the Door

June 24th, 2021

10:39

Summer is officially here! You know what that means...summer sketch comedy fun at Buttons & Figs! We'll have some summer silliness from the past and present, along with some great summer reading and podcast …

Animal Farm Fun with Kids Place Live Host Kenny Curtis

June 5th, 2021

26:26

On this episode we get to wordplay with Dirk, a talking chipmunk! Which means we're sailing our sieve to talk with Kenny Curtis, host, DJ, and animal wrangler for his radio show, The Animal Farm, which airs on Sirius …

Celebrating Poetry with Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Annika Clark

April 24th, 2021

19:25

In celebration of National Poetry Month we have a special guest - Phoenix's Youth Poet Laureate Annika Clark! In this episode we talk with Annika about how she came to be the youth poet laureate of Phoenix, how she fell …

Nonsense Poetry for National Poetry Month

April 22nd, 2021

5:02

Happy National Poetry Month! We love listening, reading and writing poetry during April and we hope you do too! Here's a poem I wrote, hope you'll say it along with me, it's called, Pails of Shoeshine.

You can find …

Epic Encore: The War Of The Fools

March 31st, 2021

31:44

Epic Encore: Once again...Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air …

Activity Book Nonsense - New Album and Interview with comedy musician Mike Phirman

March 30th, 2021

27:09

Do you like to say the words, Activity Books? Do you like all the puzzles and games found in Activity Books? Then you'll love comedy musician Mike Phirman's new album titled, "Activity Books". In this episode you'll …

Miss Mary Mack Nonsense!

March 6th, 2021

6:20

Do you know the rhyme Miss Mary Mack?! If so, then we have a silly, fun, joyful nonsense challenge! In this episode you'll learn a bit about the …

Silly Animal Verse inspired by Ogden Nash

February 18th, 2021

13:35

Do you love animals at the zoo...us too! For this episode we were inspired by Ogden Nash's "Zoo", a collection of silly animal verse, illustrated by …

Writing Nonsense - A Word Ghost in the Portal

February 4th, 2021

21:26

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Word Ghost were to capture me and a bunch of Buttons & Figs kids after we fell through a portal …

WWW - Thanksgiving Thesaurus

November 25th, 2020

6:02

Happy Thanksgiving from Buttons & Figs! On this WWW episode your challenge is to figure out which word doesn't belong. Play four rounds of Thanksgiving Thesaurus by listening to a list of words that mean similar …

WWW - Heards of Verbs

November 18th, 2020

6:19

Have you Heards of Verbs?! On this Wacky Wordplay we share 4 limericks by Edward Lear and YOU are to listen for how many VERBS you HEARDS! You say that's nonsense? I say a verbs a verb, that's what I heard! GO PLAY!

WWW Encore: As Playful as a Simile

November 4th, 2020

4:20

Encore WWW: Are you As Playful As a Simile?! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your …

Halloween Spirit - a mini-musical treat

October 31st, 2020

10:28

Halloween Spirit is a mini-musical treat with three songs that follow the story of a young boy whose favorite holiday is Halloween! Happy Halloween

#52 - The Nonsense Show at Velma Teague Library

October 31st, 2020

15:24

For this episode kids at the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona wrote and recorded nonsense poems inspired by Eric Carle's "The Nonsense Show". Be warned, this book of nonsense brings forth all sorts of, well, …

Original Ghostly Tales - ages 8+

October 30th, 2020

11:51

On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature two original ghost stories, for brave kids, (recommend 8+)by Marisol, a student at …

WWW Encore: Spoooooky Halloween Vowels

October 26th, 2020

3:53

Encore Wacky Wordplay: Spoooooooooky Halloween Vowel Sounds - Which vowels bring your favorite howls? Eeeeeeeeeeeek! I dare you to come up with Halloween sounds for each vowel!

Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday …

WWW - Fortunately - Unfortunately

October 20th, 2020

6:24

We have 3 rounds of the game Fortunately, Unfortunately! Fortunately is an adverb that means to be fortunate...or lucky! Unfortunately...well, that means the opposite (wah-wah-wah-waaah) Each player adds a sentence …

The Spirit of Halloween

October 15th, 2020

4:01

I'm afraid our Halloween musical has been interrupted by an emergency holiday announcement....but wait, who's that at the door?!

The Spirit of …

WWW - Oxymorons

October 14th, 2020

3:45

Well, I received a letter from my Dear Aunt Agnes and it has so many oxymorons in it, so I can’t figure out WHAT she’s trying to tell me! Can you help identify all of the Oxymorons? What's an oxymoron you ask?

Oxymorons …

WWW - Add A Rhyme

October 7th, 2020

6:03

On this episode of Wacky Wordplay Wednesday we're going to play with RHYMES! Who doesn't like to have a good time with a mighty good rhyme?!
In this game you'll be listening to our rhyming verse so you can Add A Rhyme …

Halloween is Coming - What Can I Be?

October 6th, 2020

3:00

What Can I Be? Now that Halloween is Coming it's time to figure it out! Here's a little treat, with a little beat, about a boy figuring out what he wants to be this Halloween. What Will You Be this Halloween?! Hmmm?

WWW - Noun Town

September 29th, 2020

5:40

What’s in Noun Town you ask?! Well, Noun Town has people and animals, places, and things! Noun Town always has ideas, but only on Tuesdays. You are about to hear actual headlines read from the Noun Town Newspaper …

Halloween Is Coming!

September 27th, 2020

3:54

Orange & black and black & orange,
You know what this all means!

It’s coming! it’s coming!
It’s coming! It’s coming!
It's coming! It's HALLOWEEN!

Buttons & Figs kids love Halloween,
The best time of the year!
A …

extra! Super Hero Jokes for National Comic Book Day

September 24th, 2020

5:02

extra! extra! It's National Comic Book Day and to celebrate we have SUPER HERO KIDS telling SUPER HERO JOKES! Kids selected a joke from the "DC Super Friends Joke Book" to share with you! We recorded these jokes at the …

extra! - Woke - poems about justice with poet Mahogany Browne

September 21st, 2020

14:02

Before Buttons & Figs heads back into the school year with more wacky wordplay...we have an extra! episode about social justice. On this episode …

Summertime Zone - Frosty Pops

September 4th, 2020

7:40

Two kids, two ideas. One song contest. On the back of a cereal box. Should these kids enter? Can they work together? Will they win? What is a lunar …

Summertime Zone - The Incident

August 31st, 2020

5:17

School day. The past. The seasons were about to change, when a moment happened. An incident that caused time to stand still, a moment where you …

Summertime Zone - Y.U.T.

August 24th, 2020

5:41

You are traveling through to the kid dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but great indecision. A time when deciding on what game to play became a game in and of itself...get ready to play in the …

Summertime Zone - Candy Eyes

August 17th, 2020

4:42

You are about to journey into the past, when kids took turn telling stories after a long day of play...but sometimes it landed on that kid. The kid who likes candy and slurpees. Next stop, the Summertime Zone.

Summertime Zone - First Day of School

August 10th, 2020

5:44

The time is Summer, yet it is time for school to begin. Meet Ms. Fredrickson, Occupation: 3rd grade teacher. It is her first day of school. It is …

The Summertime Zone - The Shadow House

August 3rd, 2020

2:59

The Summertime Zone is a dimension of stories told by kids in Summertime. You are about to enter that dimension, a journey into the shadows of The …

The Summertime Zone - The Scariest Story

July 27th, 2020

5:11

This is the dimension of stories, told in Summertime. Tune in as these adults reminisce about the stories they used to tell in the summer...were …

Summertime Encore - Camp

July 23rd, 2020

6:57

Summertime Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one about an abominable butternut squash...yes, you read that right, a squash, a butternut …

Summertime Encore: Cryptozoology

July 15th, 2020

9:42

Summertime Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. This episode is brought to you by - Cryptozoology, …

Summertime Encore: Thesaurus

July 6th, 2020

7:54

Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Here's some pastiche from the Thesaurus, because it's always good to have healthy options. Malapropisms are fun in the sun, capiche? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz …

Summertime Encore: Homonyms

June 29th, 2020

6:03

Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Here's a tasty treat of homonyms, delicious for the whole family whether in a hole during bad weather or at …

About to Begin - Summertime Wordplay

June 27th, 2020

4:18

Buttons & Figs is about to begin our Summertime Series of wordplay fun! And, we have an announcement...Buttons & Figs has a new YouTube Channel that will be filling up with wordplay skits, songs, poems, and …

#51 - Jabber-Walking with poet Juan Felipe Herrera

May 8th, 2020

32:49

"And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came."
Listen as …

#50 - Neologism Play

April 25th, 2020

18:34

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Neologisms...in other words, we get to make up new nonsense words! Buttons & Figs kids lead the …

WWW - Nursery Rhyme Jeopardy

April 16th, 2020

7:27

How well do you know your nursery rhymes?! Test your knowledge on Nursery Rhyme Jeopardy! We have 5 clues. See if you can guess the answers...in the form of a question, of course! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday …

#49 - Poem Explosion with author Kyle Lukoff

April 9th, 2020

25:50

For National Poetry Month, we sail in a sieve to the land of poetry, with author Kyle Lukoff. Kyle just released a picture book titled, "Explosion at the Poem Factory." Kyle shares the story about the good bad poem …

Encore: #36 - War of the Fools

April 1st, 2020

32:44

Encore: Once again...Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in …

#48 - Gorey Nonsense! with author Lori Mortensen

March 24th, 2020

27:02

On this episode we sail in a sieve to the land of Edward Gorey, with author Lori Mortensen to show us the way. Ms. Mortensen just released a biography of Gorey titled, "Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey." On …

WWW - Mighty Great Adjectives

March 21st, 2020

7:49

Time to play Mighty Great Adjectives! We'll read 4 wacky sentences and YOU have to see if you can count how many adjectives modify the noun in question. Are you ready to play Mighty Great Adjectives?! Each Wacky …

WWW - Spoonerism Play

March 9th, 2020

7:09

Time to play - Get That Spoon Out of Your Mouth! - "But mom, you said you would give me $2 for CHEWING the DOORS!" Can you identify the Spoonerism?! …

#47 - Idiom Play

March 5th, 2020

22:29

Hold your tongue, because we've got our ducks in a row to sail our sieve to the land of idioms with Ms. LaBrie's class of 3rd graders at Madison …

WWW - Onomatopoeia Play

February 27th, 2020

4:36

What sound does an angry bird make?! Well, your answer is onomatopoeia! Onomatopoeia words are created when you imitate sounds. See if you can come up with onomatopoeia answers for this WWW challenge! Each Wacky …

extra! extra! - Poetry IS for the Birds

February 25th, 2020

10:14

Buttons & Figs was invited to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona for their Bring on the Birds event! It was organized by the Maricopa County Audubon Society. Kids attending the event were able to visit a …

WWW - Chain Tale Play

February 20th, 2020

4:42

Do you know the poem that inspired the podcast that Pam built? This chain tale will lead you to the answer! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, …

#46 - Alphabet Nonsense

February 18th, 2020

20:02

Sail in a sieve to the land of Alphabet Nonsense with Edward Lear's Nonsense Alphabet! On this episode you'll learn a bit about Edward Lear and you'll hear Buttons & Figs kids share nonsense letter poems of their …

WWW - Palindrome Play

February 13th, 2020

5:10

Is it a PALINDROME or not?! Listen to 5 words or phrases and YOU decide - PALINDROME or not?! Read forward and backward each and every day. Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you …

WWW - Silly Syllogisms

February 5th, 2020

7:33

WHAT is the Conclusion?! Play the OTHER game show everyone is talking about - ARE YOU SILLY?! Test your logic, tickle your brain, with 3 Silly Syllogisms! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a …

More Wordplay Coming Your Way

January 27th, 2020

12:34

Happy Sorta Not New Anymore Year from us to YOU! This is just a short episode to say, we have more wordplay heading your way! In the meantime, be sure to listen to past episodes, there are all sorts of different ones, …

#45 - Holiday Poem Play at Velma Teague Library

December 19th, 2019

15:00

Sail with us this holiday to the Velma Teague Library in Glendale Arizona where we share holiday play inspired by the classic Christmas poem, "The …

WWW - Synonym Spice

December 12th, 2019

5:02

Play the game show everyone is talking about - Synonym Spice! Play 4 rounds of Synonym Spice and see if you can pick which word is NOT a synonym. Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game …

#44 - Alliteration Play with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends

December 1st, 2019

17:29

Sail with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends as they steer our sieve to the land of alliteration. Bella, a Buttons & Figs fan, begged …

#43 - Nonsense Play with Calef Brown

November 21st, 2019

24:00

On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of Nonsense with Calef Brown's latest book, "Up Versus Down: Poems, Painting and Serious Nonsense." Calef's nonsense verse shook up our minds, inspiring us to gather …

WWW - Mnemonic Tonic

November 21st, 2019

3:29

How am I supposed to remember our wordplay this week?! Perhaps this Mnemonic Tonic will help....{gulp}! Listen and learn a mnemonic to help you …

WWW - Cow and Crow

November 14th, 2019

4:27

Cow and Crow think their names should rhyme, which gets them all confused about how to pronounce words ending in O.W.! Listen in on a phone …

WWW - Bombostic Acrostic Play

November 7th, 2019

4:28

We're going to play with a Bombostic Acrostic Poem! - Listen for the first letter of each line of this acrostic poem and see if you can figure out what phase it spells! (Hint: It's a phrase you hear on just about every …

#42 - Audubon Poetry Play with poet David Chorlton

November 6th, 2019

23:00

Sail in a sieve to the land of Audubon Poetry Play with poet laureate David Chorlton and his bird Maxi. On this episode David shares his poetry and inspires kids to write poetry in order to better understand their …

Spooky Halloween Play at Velma Teague Library

October 30th, 2019

18:09

Buttons & Figs sailed in a sieve to the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona for some Spooky Halloween Play. We asked kids to write spooky stories, tell us about their costumes or favorite characters, and share …

Ghosts of Podcasts Past: Spooky Skul-a-Mug Nonsense

October 29th, 2019

16:49

Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2017 - What is a Skul-a-Mug-Mug you ask? This episode …

Original Ghostly Tales - Ages 8+

October 27th, 2019

15:49

On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, (recommend 8+)by Tony and Pike, students at …

WWW - Halloween Vowel Play

October 24th, 2019

4:14

Spoooooooooky Halloween Vowel Sounds - Which vowels bring your favorite howls? Eeeeeeeeeeeek! I dare you to come up with Halloween sounds for each vowel! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a …

#41 - Idea Play

October 22nd, 2019

23:53

Sail in a sieve to the land of ideas with Ms. Harding's class of 2nd graders at Madison Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. These kids were …

WWW - Dialogue Play

October 16th, 2019

3:56

We're going to play with Dialogue! - Who's a hog? - No, Dialogue. - There's no smog! - No Dialogue! - What's that? - We have some questions to get you playing with dialogue! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode …

WWW - Limerick Tricks

October 9th, 2019

4:01

Have you ever met that flighty Old Person of Phoenix? Our Limerick Tricks will show you the patterns of play for making limericks this way! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you …

WWW - Hoarse Horse

October 2nd, 2019

3:34

Hoarse horse knows his nose needs blowing! How many homonyms do you hear here? Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your …

#40 - Simile Play with Neon Words

October 1st, 2019

21:12

On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of Neon Words with some Simile Play! We were inspired by the new book, "Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing." Our writing play comes from Chapter …

WWW - As Playful As a Simile

September 25th, 2019

4:20

Are you As Playful As a Simile?! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, …

WWW - Alphabet Circus

September 18th, 2019

3:42

At the Alphabet Circus - A Hurt His Arm as he fell from a flying trapeze! What will happen next? Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, …

More Wordplay Heading Your Way - Reprise with Story Pirates

September 17th, 2019

12:00

Buttons & Figs has set sail for another season of wordplay! We have a fabulously full fall of wordplay fun for everyone! We'll be playing with …

Summertime - Creativity

August 12th, 2019

7:02

Summertime is a time for summer, but summer has come to an end. Summer is at The Beach with an exclusive interview with Pamela Rogers and Mark Pena, the creative minds behind this Summertime series. Can Pam and Mark …

Summertime - Encounter

July 29th, 2019

6:47

Summertime is a time for summer. We have an exclusive interview with a pilot of a spacecraft that has just landed on The Beach. Find out about what they do during the summer on their planet. Summer fun, summer play, …

Summertime - Camp

July 22nd, 2019

5:44

Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one about an abominable butternut squash...yes, you read that right, a squash, a butternut squash, an abominable …

Summertime - Cryptozoology

July 15th, 2019

8:32

Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. Cryptozoology jokes, when regular zoology is just not crypto enough. …

Summertime - Thesaurus

July 8th, 2019

7:19

Summertime is a time for summer. Here's some pastiche from the Thesaurus, because it's always good to have healthy options. Malapropisms are fun in the sun, capiche? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't …

Summertime - Homonyms

July 1st, 2019

5:32

Summertime is a time for summer. Here's a tasty treat of homonyms, delicious for the whole family whether in a hole during bad weather or at sea. …

#39 - Wacky Song Lyric Play with Story Pirates

June 26th, 2019

26:25

On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of wacky song lyrics with Story Pirates! Story Pirates just released a new wacky song album, "Backstroke Raptor." The album is filled with wacky songs written by kids, …

#38 - Poetry (part 2) - Noun Play

May 16th, 2019

22:38

On this episode we sail our sieve back to the land of POETRY! Rosemarie Dombrowski, poet laureate for Phoenix, celebrated National Poetry Month by writing two special poems for Buttons & Figs! Rosemarie reads her …

#38 - Poetry (part 1) - Poetry Prompt Play

May 16th, 2019

20:56

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of POETRY! Rosemarie Dombrowski, poet laureate for Phoenix, celebrated National Poetry Month by writing two special poems for Buttons & Figs! Rosemarie shares her poem …

extra! extra! - Improv Play

May 7th, 2019

11:20

extra! extra! we have a bit of improv play for you today! on this episode, these Buttons & Figs kids share and play two improv games. we hope you'll play along. be sure to share your way to play at 623-282-4080. we …

#37 - Repetition Play Play Play

April 16th, 2019

19:57

On this episode we set sail to the cave of repetition, repetition, repetition. You'll hear many, many, many ways to play with this literary device with original stories from our Buttons & Figs kids. We were …

#36 - War of the Fools

April 1st, 2019

31:46

Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in The War of the Fools. …

extra! extra! - Carnation Celebration! a one-sided phone conversation

March 20th, 2019

8:56

extra! extra! They say we have an astronomical, astrological double header here, March 20th, to be clear - a Super Moon and Equinox! Only one thing …

extra! - Librarian Library Lounge - Alliteration Play at the Library

March 16th, 2019

10:10

extra! Welcome to the Librarian Library Lounge featuring the fabulous book recommends of Erin Meadows, librarian at the Desert Foothills Library in …

Nonsensilicious - Alliteration Play

March 1st, 2019

6:45

Alliterate-ate-ate-ate-ate! On this Nonsensilicious episode we share a great way to remember how to play with alliteration...with our very own Buttons & Figs song! Hear the debut of "What a Word!" as we celebrate …

#35 - Palindrome Play with Jon Agee

February 27th, 2019

24:30

Wow, wow, wow! On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of palindromes where we get to meet the master of wordplay himself -Jon Agee. Our Buttons & Figs kids, Elle, Sophie, Samuel, Asher, Claire and …

extra! - Happy Thesaurus Day!

February 5th, 2019

8:40

extra! extra! We've got a little extra! nonsense to celebrate Thesaurus Day! On this extra! episode we celebrate words by sharing a Thesaurus Day …

#34 - Rhyming Rocks

January 29th, 2019

16:11

On this episode we introduce new Buttons & Figs kids who set us sailing to the land of Rhymes...isn't it about time?! We'll be sharing three literary devices for creating rhymes, Consonance, Assonance and Rhyme, …

extra! Happy Peculiar People Day

January 11th, 2019

2:50

a little extra nonsense to celebrate Peculiar People Day! What makes YOU peculiar?! So celebrate those who are different, unique! Even if sometimes …

#33 - Adaptation Play - Arizona National Parks

January 8th, 2019

30:48

As we adapt to the new year, take a listen to this special episode of adaptation stories written by the 4th grade students in Ms. LaBrie's class at …

Sing! Food Play with Gunnar Madsen

December 11th, 2018

19:44

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of food and song with award winning children's musician Gunnar Madsen. We share a track from Gunnar's latest album, "I Am Your Food," and Gunnar shares some tips and tricks …

Full Interview with Gunnar Madsen

December 9th, 2018

20:15

Enjoy the full, fun interview with musician Gunnar Madsen. Learn about his inspiration for some of the songs on his latest album, "I Am Your Food" …

extra! - National Park Wordplay - 4th grade pass

November 4th, 2018

9:56

On this wordplay extra! we have a real live National Park Ranger, a real live 4th grader, and a couple of funny Buttons & Figs fans who all LOVE U.S. National Parks! Sarah Stannard, Park Ranger at Glen Canyon and …

Ghost Stories - original spookiness

October 27th, 2018

20:28

On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, by Nathaly and Zoe, students at Independence High …

Ghost of podcasts past: Halloween Nonsense

October 23rd, 2018

18:18

Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2016 - Halloween Nonsense with the Kit-Kats! This was a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd …

#32 - An Odcast - Take Away Letter Play

October 15th, 2018

14:05

On this Odcast episode we sail our sieve to the land of letter take aways...wait, did Alex just steal the letter P from Podcast?! Join Alex, Chloe, Olivia, Sophia and Ava as they play with letter take aways. And see if …

#31 - Ballyhoo! Hyperbole Play

October 1st, 2018

13:41

Ballyhooooooo!!! You should listen to this episode because it's the most musical, entertaining, funny and colorful episode EVER! On this episode we …

Nonsensilicious - The Onomatopoeia Man

September 10th, 2018

4:16

On this Nonsensilicious Buttons & Figs episode The Onomatopoeia Man has a challenge for you...to see if you can make some onomatopoeia sounds too. The Onomatopoeia Man is an interactive word play song, so we hope …

#30 - Personification Play at the Library

August 14th, 2018

13:17

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about playing with words. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the land of personification at Phoenix Public Library's Burton Barr Central location! Phoenix Public Library …

Nonsensilicious - More Collective Noun Play

August 7th, 2018

6:25

Nonsensilicious episodes are bite-size Buttons & Figs episodes designed to give you a taste, a treat, a wordplay challenge for the classroom, library or wherever you eat. On this short, Kyle Lukoff shares a …

#29 - Punny Puns

July 11th, 2018

15:46

Lettuce sieve we can sail in our sieve to the land of punny puns! Join us for this punny episode and hear opunions and advice from none other than the 2017 O'Henry Pun Champion - Southpaw Jones! He'll be sharing some …

#28 - Summer at Imagination Inn

May 30th, 2018

18:28

School's almost out, summer's almost here, let's sail away in our sieve to the land of....oh no, I think we're lost! Quick, IMAGINE a place - a …

#27 - A Colony of Collective Nouns

April 29th, 2018

17:24

Jump aboard our sieve with this army of ants, troop of baboons, bunch of bananas, swarm of bees and litter of kittens as they set sail to the land of …

#26 - Ricochet Word Play

April 8th, 2018

16:00

Stop your dilly-dallying and jump aboard....we're sailing our sieve to the land of Ricochet Words! On this episode we'll explain how to play with ricochet words, we'll stop in to visit Shim-Sham the Shoe Man and our …

#25 - We're Going on an Onomatopoeia Hunt

March 12th, 2018

15:36

We're going on an ONOMATOPOEIA hunt! We can't go over it, we can't go under it....I guess we'll have to go through it! On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in our sieve to the land of onomatopoeia …

#24 - I Love You Like a Simile

February 14th, 2018

12:54

Are you silly like a Button and nonsensical like a Fig? On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in a sieve to the land of love similes …

#23 - Scat Singing with Annette Lowman

January 30th, 2018

19:47

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of scat singing. The great jazz singer Annette Lowman travels along sharing tips for how kids can start scat singing too. Visit buttonsandfigs.com for a free …

#22 - Wacky Waffle Nonsense - Shel Silverstein Inspires

January 10th, 2018

22:59

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Are you a dreamer? then come on in and listen to this Wacky Waffle Nonsense episode. the nonsense on this episode was inspired by Shel Silverstein. Ms. Weck's …

spooky episode - Halloween Nonsense II

October 28th, 2017

16:06

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Halloween episode inspired by the book "Black and Bittern Was Night" by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by John Martz. several kids act out the …

extra - "facts"

October 10th, 2017

4:23

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra with Oscar, who shared some "facts" with us at the Oak Park Public Library. Which ones are facts and which ones spark your imagination? …

#21 - Funny Girls - Interview with Betsy Bird

September 30th, 2017

19:13

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the land of Funny Girls! Our funny girls interview the funny librarian, author, and fellow podcaster, Betsy Bird. Be sure …

#20 - Tongue Twisters at the Library

August 30th, 2017

15:05

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve BACK to the library for tons of tongue twisters! The Oak Park Public Library welcomed back Buttons & Figs for an evening of …

#19 - Math Nonsense

August 15th, 2017

11:44

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail #backtoschool in a sieve with some Math Nonsense! Special co-hosts, …

#18 - Jokes at the Library

July 24th, 2017

11:28

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the library to hear some great jokes! Oak Park Public Library hosted Buttons & Figs for an evening of podcasts and joke …

#17 - Crazy Cars

July 11th, 2017

9:59

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Rev up your sieve and #hittheroad! with nonsense inspired by "Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems" by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian. Discover more great kid …

#16 - Gertrude is Gertrude

June 26th, 2017

17:30

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of Gertrude Stein! Listen in to hear the newly discovered audio of Gertrude Stein meeting with some of the greatest artists of the …

#15 - Seven Wonder Flags

June 12th, 2017

17:41

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special episode about design thinking and the creative process. listen in as The Kit-Kats design an amusement park. this episode was created in …

#14 - Blackhawk Nonsense

May 23rd, 2017

14:53

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Blackhawk Nonsense episode about their school year. this episode is …

extra - happy valentine's day

April 25th, 2017

7:43

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense written, recorded and produced by Charlie and Matias. …

#13 - Rube Goldberg Machines

April 11th, 2017

12:51

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of Rube Goldberg Machines! Inspired by Rube Goldberg's …

#12 - BFG

March 19th, 2017

10:45

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of giants to hear a great recommendation for Roald Dahl's book, …

#11 - Sandburg - Part 2

March 14th, 2017

16:16

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On part 2 of our Sandburg episode the kids, inspired by Rootabaga Stories, create some wacky characters of their own. be sure to check out Rootabaga Stories …

extra - fog

March 7th, 2017

3:07

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense to go along with our exploration of Carl Sandburg's works. here is a little extra poem by Sandburg, read by Luna & the …

#11 - Sandburg - Part I

March 3rd, 2017

15:36

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode the kids, inspired by Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, create some wacky characters of their own. be sure to listen in for more Carl Sanburg …

extra - something

February 12th, 2017

2:46

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense. this piece was created by makai, recorded by makai, joaquin, & hannah. we hope you'll share a little extra nonsense …

#10 - Limericks

January 30th, 2017

14:34

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode the kids share Edward Lear limericks and have some fun by becoming the characters in the limericks! be sure to download this episode's activity …

#9 - Over the Button and Through the Fig

January 17th, 2017

11:53

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this first episode of the new year features kids making a little nonsense out of the song "Over the River and Through the Woods." be sure to download this …

#8 - Alliteration

December 11th, 2016

12:35

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this episode features kids playing with alliteration and different voice styles...and a special interview with Mike from Ecuador! who shares his many versions of …

Sing! About Boredom with Justin Roberts

November 29th, 2016

16:40

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this episode features the music of Justin Roberts and a kid-conducted interview with the musician about his new video for the song "Me and My Kangaroo." thanks …

#7 - Dreams

November 14th, 2016

15:11

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make …

#6 - Jabberwocky

October 31st, 2016

15:49

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make …

spooky episode - Halloween Nonsense

October 28th, 2016

17:39

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in oak park, il. each episode will feature great nonsense literature …

#5 - Portmanteau Words

October 18th, 2016

10:53

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make …

#4 - Alligator Pie

October 3rd, 2016

11:59

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make …

#3 - Moose - Alpaca

September 19th, 2016

11:15

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make …

#2 - Sing a Song of Sixpence

September 13th, 2016

14:25

Buttons and Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a …

#1 - The Jumblies

September 8th, 2016

13:31

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this first episode we share Edward Lear's nonsense poem, The Jumblies. You'll learn a bit about Edward Lear's life and you'll hear some Buttons & Figs …

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